Why we should help our kids get talking
What we want most as parents is for our children to be happy and healthy. And we can give them the best chance to be both these things by proactively supporting our children to be social, make friends, and enjoy learning.
At the core of this is communication. Learning to communicate effectively is more than being able to speak to have our needs and wants met. It also means being able to listen to and understand language, as well as successfully use language to convey our thoughts and opinions. Supporting our children to have a strong foundation of language allows them to participate in day-to-day life both at home and out and about.
5 communication skills
all children need
- Can maintain eye contact when communicating
- Pays attention and can listen when in conversation
- Is able to use language appropriate for age
- Can be understood appropriate for age
- Is able to understand others
Introducing the Get Talking speech program
Get Talking is a self-paced speech program of 9 modules designed to give parents and caregivers the tools they need to encourage and support young children as they develop speech and language skills. The program offers easy ideas and strategies that can be incorporated into daily family life, and once you are familiar with the ideas, it’s just a matter of using them appropriately as you spend time with your child each day.
Are you feeling worried about your child’s communication development? Get Talking can help here too. The program was created in collaboration with speech and language pathologist, Sonia Bestulic and addresses common areas of concern – and the next steps you can take.
This expert-designed program will help you:
- Understand how children of all ages learn to talk
- Recognise age-and-stage language development milestones
- Develop techniques you can use every day to encourage your child’s language development
- Learn how to enjoy interactive book sharing with your child
- Select books your child will love to read with you
- Recognise language development red flags
What you get with Get Talking
9 learning modules
9 modules that will teach you the techniques you need to support your child’s language development.
How-to videos demonstrating strategies to encourage your child’s first words, phrases and sentences.
4 milestone printables
Learn to recognise your child’s age-and-stage developmental milestones
Build your library printables
The best books for reading together at each age and stage.
Frequently Asked Questions
Get Talking is a self-paced speech program designed by speech and language pathologist, Sonia Bestulic to give parents and caregivers the tools they need to encourage and support young children as they develop speech and language skills.
The program has been designed for babies from birth to four years and can be started at any stage.
The 9 modules of Get Talking are self-guided so you can work through the program as fast or as slow as you like. And you can always return to completed modules if you need to.
Most of this program offers practical ideas and strategies that can be incorporated into daily family life, and once you are familiar with the ideas, it’s just a matter of using them appropriately as you spend time with your child each day.
You will have access to the program for 12 months – during that time you can refer to the modules as often as you need.
Get Talking is a practical program that gives parents and caregivers plenty of strategies and suggestions when it comes to nurturing those speech and language skills in young children.
In this program, you will get:
- 9 learning modules that will guide you to help your child develop age-appropriate developmental skills
- 7 how-to videos demonstrating ways to support and encourage your child’s speech and language
- 4 communication milestones you can download and keep:
- Birth – 12 months
- 1 – 2 years
- 2 – 3 years
- 4- 5 years
- 4 recommended books lists you can download and keep:
- Birth – 12 months
- 1 – 2 years
- 2 – 3 years
- 4- 5 years
The Get Talking speech program is designed for young children – from birth to 4 years. Because the content is organised by age and stage, you can start the program at any time during the first four years.
Because this program is aimed at young children from birth to four years, and the content is organised in ages and stages, this program works as a companion guide through these first years of life. You may want to revisit the modules over time to to try something new, or perhaps because your child has developed a new skill.
The Get Talking program enriches the foundation of overall communication development and can be used as an additional resource rather than as a replacement for any speech therapy services.
This program can be applied to ANY HOME LANGUAGE.
No matter what language you speak at home, what is important is that your child develops strong language skills. Ensuring that your child is successfully developing their language skills in your home language will allow them to effectively develop the community language.
You will be able to download and keep a number of resources including:
- 4 communication milestones printables
- 4 recommended books lists to get the most out of reading time
Meet Sonia Bestulic, Get Talking expert
Sonia Bestulic is the Founder of Talking Heads Speech Pathology and Principal Speech and Language Pathologist. Sonia is extremely passionate about early intervention, having personally delivered speech and language screenings to childcare/ preschool and school settings over many years. Her proactive attitude ensures timely identification of any speech, language and learning difficulties.
Sonia developed Get Talking, in collaboration with Babyology, with the aim of sharing with families what she knows really works when it comes to encouraging children to develop speech and language skills.
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